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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The old section of an Arab city in North Africa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The traditional, old or non-European area of a North African town.


Arabic madīna, city, from Aramaic mədintā, mədinā, jurisdiction, district, from dān, to judge, administer; see dyn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic مدينة (madīna, "town") (Wiktionary)



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